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Longwood Rotary Club
PO Box 781
Kennett Square, PA  19348
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PO Box 382
Kennett Square, PA  19348
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Jun 30, 2022
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Jul 21, 2022
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Club News
(l. to r.) Aimee Bowers, PE Kennett Square Rotary Club, Matt Wrabley, PE Kennett Square Lite, Kimberly Vaughn-Stout, Pres, Kennett Square Lite, Lynn Nathan, PE Longwood Rotary Club
We had a blast at the Kennett Area Rotary Alliance fundraiser at Galer Winery on May 26th.  It was a sold out event with music from Kyle Campbell, great food from Gia Bella Catering, great wine from Galer Winery, and a wonderful interactive display from the Kennett Library Capital Campaign committee. Thanks to everyone who joined us.
Join us for a special event, "United with Ukraine"
Rotary District 7450 is working directly with Poland’s District in a coordinated “on the ground” response to the worsening humanitarian crisis. Event proceeds will be used to purchase food, clothing, medical supplies, generators, transportation, and accommodations. 

6 pm
Lia's Catering
The Ballrooms at Boothwyn
1405 Meetinghouse Rd.
Chichester, PA

The 3 Rotary Clubs of Kennett Square joined forces to make some local community leaders Paul Harris Fellows for their efforts making Kennett Square a better place to live and work.       The Paul Harris Fellowship Award is one of the highest honors Rotary can bestow, and on 11 November, over 125 Rotarians, including our District Governor and other guests joined in recognizing their contributions. Rob Newman, President of the Longwood Rotary Club said “This is probably the largest gathering of Rotarians since the District Conference in 2019! It is fantastic to see our 3 Clubs work together to recognize these individuals who have done so much for our community”. Brian Roberts, President of the Kennett Square Rotary and Kim Vaughn-Stout from the Kennett Lite Rotary were also presenters during the program. 

The awardees were: 

Ron was introduced to Longwood Rotary by Tom Simpers and made the commitment to join the club in January of 2001.  

He established himself as a regular at the ‘back table’ – arriving early to grade the setup of the room by the staff, and maintained nearly perfect attendance throughout the years.  He kept this up throughout last year’s transition to ZOOM meetings; part of this effort was his dedication to Rotary, and part of it was making sure that his Rotary BFF Tom Simpers could log on, and make it to all the meetings on time (and then breakfast).   

Ever committed to Rotary’s Service Above Self motto: he was an enthusiastic hands-on supporter of many Club service events; he volunteered at Anson B Nixon Park, Project Cure, Kennett Area Community Service, Holiday Parking at Longwood Gardens, Camp Dreamcatcher and End Polio Now by planting tulips in his garden, to name only a very few. 

The Longwood Rotary Club has maintained a sustained commitment to serving its community as far back as its chartered beginnings in 1997.  With a current membership of 101 active members, including corporate members, Rotarians engage daily with a broad and diverse set of organizations and charities in our local area. 

Most recently, the three Kennett Rotary Clubs; Longwood, Kennett and Kennett Light, combined their resources to give Kennett Square’s Chief of Police William Holdsworth a grant for $3,500 for load bearing vests.  Longwood Rotary Club’s President, Vicki Gehrt and President-Elect, Rob Newman presented this check to Chief Holdsworth on behalf of all three clubs.  This is an item that is very necessary for the health and welfare of our officers as they serve our community.

From her time as a classroom teacher to her current position as Kennett School Board vice president, Dr. Vicki Chopourian Gehrt has sought to provide students with as many opportunities as possible, all the while ensuring they are prepared for a future beyond the embrace of their alma maters. Curiously, Dr. Gehrt’s approach to education mirrors the very nature of her own personal story.

Born to Armenian parents on the tiny island nation of Cyprus, Dr. Gehrt was raised by parents who, unlike the previous generation who had experienced the worst of humanity, could finally look toward the future. While Cyprus had provided her family - as well as many other Armenians - a home after the fall of the Ottoman Empire and the Armenian Genocide, her father Giragos Chopourian, seized an opportunity for a new life, one that was all his own. So, in 1956, Mr. Chopourian and his young family boarded a ship bound for the United States.